Read: Ephesians 4:11-16

Unless you love science, you probably sat through biology thinking, “When am I ever going to need this?” Despite this resistance, there was one experiment I remember: bacterial cell cultures. We were amazed, and slightly disgusted, that bacteria could grow so quickly from the tiny swab of a doorknob placed in a Petri dish. For the Christian, the church is like a Petri dish. The conditions are perfect for growth. We are nourished and equipped through biblical teaching. We are encouraged to mature through the truth we receive from other believers. We progress toward unity under Christ “as each part does its work.” Unlike the cell in the Petri dish, a cell without the right surroundings remains undeveloped, inactive and unchanged. Regrettably, Christians disconnected from the body of believers will do the same. Don’t allow your growth to be thwarted by remaining unattached to the church. Take your rightful place within the body of believers so you can grow into the fullness of faith and love.]]>